The ACL Bag Policy and the BYOB – BRING YOUR OWN BAGS™ LIST sets the standard for cornhole competitions that allow for players to bring their own bags. Players playing in ACL Points Events or in events from other organizations that have licensed the ACL BYOB – BRING YOUR OWN BAGS™ policy, must play with bags on the current season ACL Approved BYOB Bags List.
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2024 ACL Bag Policy
All approved bags on the list are required to be properly licensed from the ACL.
Approved bags will display the appropriate ACL Equipment Level (ACL PRO, ACL COMP, ACL REC or ACL MINI) along with the Bag Manufacturer or Bag Brand Name with the Series Name. To be eligible for use in an ACL points event, the ACL PRO or ACL COMP level bag must be on the list. Players are responsible and accountable for their bags remaining within spec at all times, regardless of wear and tear. The ACL Bag Policy is mandatory for ALL ACL Points events for the entire season. ACL Directors and other licensees may implement a different policy for non ACL points events, ACL Special Events or licensee events if advanced approval is granted from the ACL and promoted to the public properly.
BAGS STAMPED PRIOR TO 2021-2022 ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR PLAY.
Bag Manufacturers will begin placing the appropriate marks on new bags once the Series has been successfully approved, as per the ACL Bag Policy. The ACL will be doing Approvals for this season and adding to the list until July 30, 2023. ACL Pros will be required to use properly marked ACL Pro bags. Manufacturers are required to stop the sale of 2023 stamped bags July 31, 2023. Approved manufacturers can begin the sales of 2024 stamped bags August 1, 2023.
Players have the option of inspecting opposing player’s bags prior to playing their match. A player may request to inspect and/or toss an opponent’s bag prior to a match. A player has the option of asking the Tournament Director to inspect the opponent’s bag prior to a match. If the players do not agree on acceptable bags prior to a match, the Tournament Director will make the final decision on whether or not the bags are acceptable and may replace a player’s bags with approved tournament bags. Once a match starts, the bags are deemed to be acceptable and the result of the match will stand regardless of proof in the future that the bags did not conform to the current policy. If a player’s bags are inspected and found to not meet the ACL Bag Policy parameters, the player is subject to disciplinary action.
*Should bags be challenged at an ACL event the director will only measure bag thickness and check bag weight for any bag with an ACL stamp PRIOR to 2023. If a bag has an ACL stamp of 2023 or after the director will also check bag size. ACL Bag Policy 2024
Players that place in the prize money at ACL Events and other licensee events are subject to a bag inspection prior to collecting prize money. While the results of the event may not change, if a player violates the bag policy or has altered approved manufacturer bags in any manner, then that player will forfeit the prize money and be subject to additional disciplinary action. All decisions by the Tournament Director will be final.
Players must throw matching bags of the same type (manufacturer and series name) and color (sticky sides match and slick sides match but both sides do not have to be all one color with the exception of broadcast court bags) Players will not be allowed to throw bags of different colors or types. For example, a player is not allowed to throw 2 Brand A bags and 2 Brand B bags or throw 2 bags that are blue and two bags that are red within the same series. ACL Bag Policy 2024
Bag manufacturers may make 3 different weights of bags within the same series provided that the bag remains within the weight range (15.5 oz – 16.5 oz). Manufacturers must label all weight differences within a series as L for Light, R for Regular, and H for Heavy. A player may throw different weights within a set of 4 bags of the same series and same design. Bag manufacturers that use the friction patent may create bags with different distinct patterns as long as it doesn’t violate a patent or a trademark. Each distinct pattern is considered a series but having a similar name like Ultra Viking or AllCornhole Evolution creates a master series. Players may throw different friction patterns within the same master series as long as the design and colors are the same.
The ACL Bag Policy states that Bags must be distinguishable between opponents. If it is a seeded event, the higher seed gets to choose the initial bag color and the lower seed must play with a bag color that is distinguishable from that color. If it is an unseeded event, if player A wins the coin toss and chooses Orange Bags, then player B must play with a distinguishable color from Orange. For non-broadcast matches, players may agree among themselves if their bags are distinguishable. For broadcast matches, players must submit their bag choices for distinguishable approval to the tournament director in advance of starting play. For broadcast and non-broadcast matches, any dispute will be resolved by the Tournament Director. If the Tournament Director and players cannot reach an immediate resolution to a dispute, the Tournament Director will provide distinguishable bags to BOTH. ACL Bag Policy 2024
Players. The official bag manufacturing tools are available to be purchased. New and improved measurement tools may become available during the season but will not be formally used for measurement until the following season.
ACL BAG POLICY BAG PARAMETERS
- Length: Bags should measure 6″ x 6″ when laid flat – accepted tolerance is 5.75″ – 6.25″. Bags over or under accepted tolerance will not pass inspection.
- Weight: Bags should weigh 16 ounces – accepted tolerance is 15.5 ounces – 16.5 ounces. Bags over or under accepted tolerance will not pass inspection.
- Thickness: Bags should measure 1.3″ – accepted tolerance is 1.1″ to 1.5″. Bags under or over accepted tolerance will not pass inspection.
- Outside Material may be any fabric that does not damage or create residue on the board. A fabric can be woven, nonwoven, or knitted. A bag that damages a board in any way as caused by the material of the bag will automatically forfeit the player throwing that particular bag. If a bag is found to gradually leave a residue or marks on the board during gameplay, that player or team will forfeit the match.
- Inside Material may be anything that does not damage or create residue on the board. A bag that damages a board in any way as caused by the material of the bag will automatically forfeit the player throwing that particular bag. If a bag is found to gradually leave a residue or marks on the board during gameplay, that player or team will forfeit the match. .
- Diagonal: Bags measured from corner to opposite corner when laid flat accepted minimum tolerance 7.5″. Bags under accepted tolerance will not pass inspection.
- Bag Manufacturers MUST be able to provide bags all of one color for players to purchase.
- Bags MUST have a clear visible ACL Equipment Level, manufacturer logo AND series name; Bags with faded or missing logos are not acceptable and will not pass inspection for players at events. Restamped bags are also not acceptable.
- Bags must NOT have loose threading of more than 1/8th of an inch from its seam. Loose threading can be grounds for bags not passing inspection.
- Alteration of Bags in any form will NOT be tolerated. An altered bag is any bag changed from its original state when purchased including stitching holes, making new seams, gluing, etc. Any bag that appears to be altered from its original state will not pass inspection and the player or bag manufacturer may be subject to further penalties.
- No foreign substances may be applied to the outside or inside of bags unless approved by the ACL
MINI Bags Are not suitable for tournament play, only MINI board tournaments or recreational play. MINI Bags approximate equipment specifications are Length: 4″ x 4″ when laid Thickness: Bags should measure 1.0” and Weight: Bags should weigh approximately 8 oz. Diagonal: Bags measured from corner to opposite corner when laid flat 5.5″ In general, MINI bags will be roughly ⅔ of the size and weight of the approved ACL regulation series from which they are modeled. Anything that is visually materially different will not be eligible for any future competitions
ACL Broadcast Bags
ACL PRO level bags may be eligible for players to use on ACL Broadcasts and licensee broadcasts. ACL COMP and ACL REC level bags are not eligible for ACL Broadcasts or licensee broadcasts. Bags that are going to appear on an approved broadcast must meet additional specifications in order to maintain professionalism and simplicity for viewing audiences.
- Bags must have ONE primary color. The entire bag must be the same color with the only exceptions being: One (1) logo of an approved ACL sponsor (an approved sponsor should be one that does not promote any cornhole league or organization other than the ACL), One (1) logo of the bag manufacturer, the name of the bag series, and an optional player name. Aside from the two logos, the player name, and the bag series name, the bag should be 100% the same color. Reasonable judgment will be used for bags where the two sides of the bag are a slight difference in shade due to the dying process of certain materials. Gradients, color patterns, and general design work are ONLY acceptable if they cover 100% of the bag (aside from the logo) and maintain the clear visibility of the primary color. A solid color side and a pattern color side that makes the primary color not clearly evident to the viewing audience will not be approved for use on any ACL broadcast..
- ACL Pro Bags must have at least two public options available that fit the guidelines above for that specific series. This does not mean that all bags with that series name are approved for broadcast use. Any bags may be denied at any time at the discretion of the Tournament Director.